Andy Menzie, Independent basketball team

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Andy Menzie, Independent basketball team - Win, 44-28, in Gillespie Tournament Final to...
Win, 44-28, in Gillespie Tournament Final to Qualify for Danville State Title Meet GILLESPIE, Feb. 17.—(Special) —Capping a four night drive tha for sheer power and all-aroun brilliance has never been equallei here, the Lone Rangers basketbal team last night railroaded th Wood River Business Men, 44 to 28, to win the 1940 state indepen dent sectional tournament cham pionship. Playing before 300 enthusiastii fans, the team from the Machine Parts department of the Owens Illinois Glass Co., in Alton crushed the Wood River five with the same power it had used in demolishing Livingston. East St. Louis and the Alton Black Cats in previous games. After the first two quarters the Business Men realized they were almost completely out of the going trailing 26 to 9, and put on a brie rally that pulled them to within 10 points of a tie. The Rangers came back, however, however, led by Fort Lipe, Johnny Fraser and Andy Menzie, to make victory and a trip to Danville for the state independent championship championship tournament March 21, 22, 23 and 24 certain. Fort Lipe led the Rangers in scoring with three field goals anc eight fou! shots for 14 points but the team's balanced drive \\ _ again in evidence. Three players— Fraser, Capt. Joe Leonatti and Paul Stewart—racked up eight apiece and Andy Menzie four. Bill Jackson, with seven, led Wood River and Chuck Parker and Bill Doll had' six each. In the consolation gfime between Thursday night's semi-final losers, :he Alton Black Cats turned back Edwardsville, 57 to 49, to assure hemselves of third place in final standings. Their 45-point total against Wood River brought the Rangers' tournament tournament totnl to 201, an average of slightly more than 50 for the four ames played. Their opponents scored 107, the Black Cats proving he highest at 37. Three Rangers were picked on he tournament all-star team after the championship game had been )layed. They were Leonatti, Fraser and Stewart. The remaining remaining two members of the star squad were Al Merkle of Edwardsville and Bill Jackson of Wood River. Elmer Fellin, tournament manager, manager, went out of his way, however, to pay special tribute to Fort Lipe and Rudy Mihalich of the Ranger five. He said the star selections were necessarily difficult when a number of players of virtually equal ability were involved and that the selections represented no attempt at discrimination. Lipe scored 42 points in thevfour games to place second in that respect respect to Paul Stewart on the Ranger five, who had 43. Fruser had 41, Leonatti 31 and Mihalich 28, the latter in three games. Rudy was injured in Thursday night's semi-final tilt with the Black Cat* and was on the bench last night. Box Score: Fraser.f Llpe.f Kuslcn.f I.amble.f Men/.le.e Jam-It.K Toiali i MM F« I'l I'l '-' -1 Held.f 3 K .1 llarrlt.f l I) 0 Parker,/ (I 1 0 Di.ll.c- '-' ') 1 Jarkiinn.j; 3 J 1 Ehcrhanlt.K 4 0 0 0 I) (I Wiiud River (2H> KB *•( ri a o '2 ooo o 3 3 22 •J 1 3 Hi 13 9 Totals II B 14 at hair Hanueri ''H Wonri niv-Ar 0. Offlclal.-Nlcolet indI Wo'llne

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  1. Alton Evening Telegraph,
  2. 17 Feb 1940, Sat,
  3. Page 10

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